Feng Shui

Bagua

The literal meaning of which, is wind and water depends entirely on the positions of structures that are present in the external orientation of a premise as well as the internal placement of various elements that include water, wood, fire, earth and metal along with the positioning of your decor. One must also take into consideration the flow of energy emanating from these positioning /placements on a physical as well as an esoteric level.

Many charlatans do not understand the true meaning of the placements of the elements. For e.g. If in a particular sector, say a bedroom if one finds that it requires the element water, a person who has not studied the art deeply would recommend either a colour representing water or recommend placing actual water in that sector. Let me clarify here that some who say that water should never be placed in the bedroom are wrong. If it is required one can place actual water in the bedroom however if it is ‘moving water’ then certain principles should be followed very strictly. On the other hand if it is not required, (again depending on the actual computation of one’s home/office structure) then water can definitely be detrimental. However apart from the tangible placement of water (if required) it is very essential to bring your day to day conduct and behavior patterns parallel to the “nature” of water; In other words to make the attributes representing water in this instance, a part of your life!

What you may ask are these? For one it is being flexible! If one is living in a bedroom where water is required then even if there is water present, it is extremely necessary to be flexible and not rigid where this attitude adds to the cure; sometimes with startling results!!

Yin Yang

Many such things go on to make Fengshui the unique art/science that it is. Its origin comes from the Indian Vaastu that left our shores during the time of Gautam Buddha and has become the versatile and beneficial discipline that we now know as Fengshui. Just placements of object do not make for actual Fengshui rather there is a practical level of calculation that is done thereby computing an actual ‘Fengshui Audit’. This ‘Fengshui Audit’ can give one, information of what is happening in a particular office/factory/company or house. One brings change by working out the ‘horoscope’ of a premise and matching it to the people living or working in it. It has to be tailor made for each family/organization.

Different types of Fengshui include BTB, 8 mansions, Flying stars, Water dragon methods etc.. When we have the basic principles of Sha and Sheng Qi as well as the forms in place, the foundation of a premise becomes very strong with respect to Fengshui.

BTB

BTB is also known as Black Hat Sect Tantric Buddhism and was founded in the 1980’s by Professor Lin Yun where he smartly adapted Fengshui into a ready to use formula by creating 9 sectors that represented the family/members in a home or an organization and created a representation for each member of either a family or an organization. This segregation of 9 different parts of a home or a business premise that represent different people or activities either in a home or a business is not altogether wrong because of the adage ‘what we see is what we imbibe’. When we place certain cures and something is a constant reminder, it helps bring that same something into our lives. Now this can work both positively as well as negatively depending on what we do ‘see’. There is no use of the compass in this type of Fengshui. This system brings limited results.

8 Mansions

Also known as the 8 House system or the East and West system or even the Compass school. This type of Feng Shui deals entirely with which group someone belongs to, East or West. It is believed that people from the East group will not be compatible with people/dwellings from the west group. To a certain extent this is true but it is only one small aspect of what is actual Fengshui is. To put it in a nutshell people of Ming gua’s (personal number but not to be confused with numerology) 1,3,4 and 9 will have favorable directions in North, South, Southeast and East while people of Ming gua’s 2,6,7 and 8 will have favorable directions in Southwest, North west, West and Northeast. (Please use this information at your own discretion). This system also has limited but better results than BTB.

The Flying stars Method

Also known as the Time and Space Fengshui by my teacher Master Joseph Yu, this form of Fengshui deals with the Facing and Sitting stars along with the Time star to ascertain accurately what is happening in a particular premise be it a residential or a commercial premise. What are the Flying stars? They are a set of figures referred to as Mountain Time and Facing stars. The Mountain or sitting star if well supported or enhanced brings good health and fertility while the Facing star most certainly brings wealth and abundance when enhanced. The Time star on the other hand refers to the period when the building was constructed and is a guest in this triangle and acts as a precursor to the Facing and Sitting stars who act as hosts in getting beneficial results. It can also denote how a particular outcome both, positive or negative is achieved. When combined with forms this is a highly accurate form of Fengshui and can bring amazing results. There is hardly any negative to this method except when a practitioner is inexperienced.

The Water Dragon Method

A more advanced method of Fengshui, it can bring astounding results when applied correctly. This method requires one to be precise in terms of the ‘24 mountains’ of a particular chart in a floor plan. The placement of simple cures when applied with this method can bring results that surprise us! The calculations done with this method is very practical and scientific and when placed with the correct date and time selection methods (again done by scientific calculations) can sometimes bring results as quickly as a couple of weeks.

Besides this another important aspect of Fengshui which is to be observed are the rules of the San Sha and Tai Sui. Also known as the 3 killings it can bring detriment to people living in the house if not keenly observed. The San Sha for 2013 falls in the NE3-E2-SE1. Of these E2 is the most detrimental. Any digging or movement that is destructive in this area can bring disaster especially if your home or office directly faces this area. The Tai Sui (also known as the Grand Duke of Jupiter) falls in SE3 and the Sui Po in the NW3. Of these use the energy of the Tai Sui to enhance all your work i.e. don’t face it rather sit with your back to this direction to get the most out of the Tai Sui. Never sit in the area of the San Sha as this can bring theft, lawsuits, injuries, accidents etc; depending on how much negative stimulation it receives. These are especially relevant when ground breaking is done by builders so any construction/ ground breaking in these areas can bring problems if cures are not placed according to the relevant facing and particular time i.e. month and date (This selection is not done by the Vedic methods.)

Vaastu Shastra

It is known as the science of architectural design that was practiced in ancient India. It co relates a person or persons and their habitat or dwelling. It was used extensively to build temples in the days of old as also Palaces and princely dwellings. Its laws governed by directional alignment and proportionate measurements dictated a certain layout for a family or a kingdom. The rules if applied in accordance to the principles and guidelines blessed the occupants with fortune and longevity, good progeny, good health as well as mental peace and harmony; all these being important ingredients to lead a fruitful life!

Vaastu Shastra depends on the 5 elements (Panch Mahaboot) namely Vaayu(Air) Jal(Water) Agni(Fire) Prithvi(Earth) and Akash(Ether/Space). If these align well to a particular premise it can create ‘Heaven’ for the people living in such an abode. It is said that its originator Lord Shiva gave this knowledge to Parashar Muni who in turn gave it to Bruhdrath who passed it on to Vishwakarma. Vishwakarma was supposed to be the best carpenter who earned great fame and had sons who wrote books on Vaastu Shastra. Even today he is revered by most carpenters in India especially north India and on his day they pray to him to gain blessings, expertise and abundance in their trade.

Shapes of plots and houses play a very important role in Vaastu Shastra. ‘Vyaghramukhi’ and ‘Gaumukhi’ plots/houses can actually be seen having the results that each indicate just by the shape of a house or plot. The Vargas on the other hand indicates whether a particular city will be beneficial for a person.

The Vaastu Purush the ruling deity of the plot also needs to be ‘appeased’ to ensure his grace. Certain principles of Vaastu are not negotiable like the Brahmasthan. This should never be disturbed under any circumstances as it is considered the umbilicus of the Vaastu Purush. Any disturbance in this area can bring ill health, separation from family and sometimes even catastrophic results like terminal illnesses.

When analyzing a premise certain directions are allocated to each room in a household. Eg. Main door, Kitchen, bedrooms storage etc… These different directions each have a ruling deity/element that includes Ishaan or NE the abode of the Gods which is ruled by Shiva, East is ruled by Indra, SE or Agneya is ruled by the element Fire, South is ruled by Yama who is the son of The Sun, SW is ruled by Nairutya, W is ruled by Varun the Lord of the seas, NW or Vayavya is ruled by Vayu(Air/Wind) and lastly North is ruled by Lord Kuber and is also known as the Kubersthan. The central portion of the house is known as the Brahmasthan. However being a practitioner of both Vaastu and Feng Shui I would recommend that one go to a qualified professional for a detailed analysis rather than rely on trial and error methods.

In addition to the above the most important detail before doing anything is the ground breaking ceremony or the Khaat Mahurat; in other words laying the foundation. This is a crucial part of Vaastu for a bungalow/apartment building or any other premise. Along with these some astrological calculations taking into consideration a person birth details aid in getting one desired results.

Before entering a new home a ‘Grah Pravesh’ puja is usually done to ensure that the occupants have the all the blessings from the Universe. To get the best one needs to find a benefic time and date to enter the house. There are a few rituals attached to the ‘Graha Pravesh’ before and at the actual entering ceremony.

Although Vaastu cannot be fully applied to a vertical residence as it was made more for horizontal structures one can still avail some of its benefits for modern living.